Small Business Consulting

Entrepreneur Ideas: Four things a business owner must do before year end

Entrepreneur Ideas: Four things a business owner must do before year end There is something unique about finishing out the business year. Whether it was good or bad…whether you’re sad it’s over or happy it’s behind you…or even if you’re just wondering where those 12 months went, […]

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Plan for success; assume failure: intriguing way to look at small business innovation

Plan for success; assume failure: intriguing way to look at small business innovation

Late in 2014, we conducted a study to find out, in part, whether or not small business owners saw themselves as entrepreneurs – and the answer was a resounding “yes.” So, you can expect more news from us in 2015 that is tailored for the entrepreneurial mind. […]

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Happy Holidays from MP Star Financial

Happy Holidays from MP Star Financial

May the spirit of the season be with you. Best wishes for you and your family!

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Small business technology: stories from around the web in December 2014

Small business technology: stories from around the web in December 2014

We’ve been tweeting a story about a business saved by technology that really grabbed our attention – an IT services company in Buffalo that kept its business running as usual, even in seven feet of snow! Only half of TxMQ’s staff could get into the office during […]

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Do Americans value business entrepreneurship and risk taking more than the British do?

Do Americans value business entrepreneurship and risk taking more than the British do?

Have you ever read survey results that left you scratching your head? That happened to us recently, when we read about a survey conducted by AXA Business Insurance. The survey asked 342 British small business owners whether or not they identified themselves as entrepreneurs and: 45% of […]

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What on earth do hedgehogs have to do with small business success??

What on earth do hedgehogs have to do with small business success??

  You may be wondering what a small spiny animal (with 5,000 to 7,000 quills . . . ouch!) has to do with small business success. This notion was created by Jim Collins, author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . […]

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Small business promotion mistakes: importance of promoting without bragging

Small business promotion mistakes: importance of promoting without bragging

One of the best ways to increase the visibility of your small business, of course, is to promote it – and that’s an accepted (and even expected) business practice. But there’s a fine line between promoting and bragging – and then between bragging and borderline arrogance. Bottom […]

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Ready for small business growth? Innovate!

Ready for small business growth? Innovate!

If you’re a small business owner who is ready for growth, it’s crucial that you create a culture of holistic innovation. So says business consultant Mark Faust in his book Growth or Bust: Proven Turnaround Strategies to Grow Your Business. And, here are Mark’s seven key steps […]

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Small business owner – ready to revolutionize your company?

Small business owner – ready to revolutionize your company?

If so, honestly answer these two questions: 1)   Look at your current business practices and processes. If you weren’t currently doing them, would you start doing them? 2)   Look at each person in your business. Would you still hire that person? “After I ask the first question,” […]

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Corporate accountability: here’s a different twist on the culture of accountability

Corporate accountability: here’s a different twist on the culture of accountability

If you’re the president, CEO or owner of a company, it’s important to watch for the 10 warning signs of employee disengagement. Here they are, in descending order: 10. Information pipeline dries up. Leaders are the last to know what’s really happening. 9. Employee complaints increase. Grumbling […]

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